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Image of Tortos
Race Dragon turtle (Beast)
Level ?? Boss
Reaction Alliance Horde
Location Lair of Tortos, Throne of Thunder
Status Killable

Tortos is the fourth boss encounter in the Throne of Thunder and the first part of the Archaeology 5 0 thunderkinginsignia [Forgotten Depths] wing of the raid.


Adventure Guide[]

Over the millennia, small amounts of mogu flesh-shaping magic seeped into the caverns below the Thunder King's citadel. The dark energies warped one of the chamber's native dragon turtles, melding it to the surrounding crystalline walls. Known as Tortos, this amalgamation of flesh and stone has since feasted on the cave's rich mineral deposits and grown to a colossal size.

Encounter Design[]

Along with asking why we fight, and learning that our true enemy is war itself, a major theme of the Mists of Pandaria has been killing turtles. This raid encounter elevates that motif to all-new heights, presenting players with the chance to fight a huge turtle, and small turtles, and also the ability to kick one of the small turtles into the big turtle. What more could you ask for?

Fun fact: We originally wanted to make a fire turtle boss in the southeastern section of Firelands in Patch 4.2, but opted not to at the time; we’ve been looking for an opportunity to do a turtle fight ever since.[1]

Spells and abilities[]

  • Achievement boss tortos Call of Tortos —  Tortos lets out a rumbling call, causing several smaller turtles to enter the area and attack players. 1 sec cast

Whirl Turtle[]

  • 10: 3,150,000
  • 10H: 5,600,000
  • LFR: 4,200,000
  • 25: 10,500,000
  • 25H: 17,500,000
  • Ability thunderking spinningshell Spinning Shell —  The turtle chases players around the room, spinning rapidly and continuously inflicting 125,128 (LFR: 46,125 /Heroic Difficulty: 205,000) Physical damage to enemies within 5 yards, knocking them away.
  • Ability vehicle shellshieldgenerator Shell Block Important —  The turtle hides in his shell at low health, gaining immunity to all damage. While in this state, the turtle can be kicked across the room by players, applying Shell Concussion to any creatures it hits along the way.
  • Ability thunderking kickshell Kick Shell Important —  This extra action button can be used to kick a defeated Whirl Turtle across the room. Move close to the shell, then aim by positioning it between yourself and your target. Enemies hit by the shell are afflicted by Shell Concussion.
  • Priest icon chakra green Shell Concussion Important —  When kicked, the shell spins forward, interrupting enemies it touches and leaving them off-balance, increasing the damage they take from all sources by 25% for 20 sec.


  • Inv misc dust Furious Stone Breath Deadly — Inflicts 153,375 (LFR: 15,375 /Heroic Difficulty: 358,750) Nature damage to all enemies every 0.5 sec for 4.5 sec. 5 sec cast. Requires 100 Fury to cast.
  • Ability warrior innerrage Growing Fury —  Tortos becomes angry when no enemies are in melee range, gaining 10 (LFR: 5) Fury.
  • Ability thunderking rockfallhigh Rockfall —  A lightning-charged stalactite falls from the roof of the cave, inflicting 367,500 (LFR: 105,000 /Heroic Difficulty: 527875) Nature damage to enemies within 5 yards and 89,100 Nature damage to enemies within 20 yards.
  • Spell nature earthquake Quake Stomp Deadly —  Tortos performs a massive stomp, stunning all enemies for 1 sec and inflicting Physical damage to each equal to 65% (LFR: 30% /Heroic Difficulty: 100%) of their maximum health. Quake Stomp also increases the frequency of Rockfalls for 8 sec. 2.3 sec cast
  • Ability criticalstrike Snapping Bite Tank Alert —  Tortos snaps his jaws shut around the target, inflicting 538,125 (Heroic Difficulty: 699,050) Physical damage. 25-man: Inflicts 699,050 (LFR: 333,125 /Heroic Difficulty: 908,769) Physical damage. 1.4 sec cast

Vampiric Cave Bat[]

  • 10: 4,215,920
  • 10H: 4,215,920
  • LFR: 8,221,044
  • 25: 12,647,760
  • 25H: 12,647,760
  • Ability hunter pet bat Drain the Weak —  Drains health when attacking targets with less than 550,000 current health, inflicting 25% of weapon damage as Physical and healing the caster for 50% (LFR: 10%) of the damage dealt.

Heroic Difficulty[]

  • Inv datacrystal01 Crystal Shell Heroic Difficulty Healer Alert —  The crystal reacts when struck, encasing the attacker in a shell that absorbs incoming damage and healing. Initially the shell can absorb up to 15% of max health in damage, but healing absorbed by the shell is added to this total, up to a cap of 75% of max health. The shell breaks when it cannot absorb any more damage.


Tortos is a one-phase encounter that usually requires two tanks: one for Tortos and one for the Vampiric Cave Bats. All raid members should watch out for the blue circles that signal Rockfall. Tortos will periodically use Quake Stomp which will take away 65% of the raid's maximum HP. This damage is mitigated by defensive cooldowns.

The primary mechanic for the encounter are the Whirl Turtles that spawn periodically. When the turtles die, they retreat into their shell and can be kicked, applying a debuff to the boss and any adds, including other Whirl Turtles, it hits. Tortos has a relatively large hitbox, so it is advisable to hit as many bats and turtles as possible when kicking a shell at Tortos. However, at least one shell must be saved in order to interrupt the casting of Tortos' Furious Stone Breath attack which does severe damage to the raid once he reaches 100% Fury. Also keep in mind the stalagmites on the side of the room may interrupt line of sight for kicking the shells into Tortos, so be mindful of where you kill the turtles. One helpful tactic is to kill a turtle in the center of the room, if possible, and save it for the next Call of Tortos since the three incoming Whirl Turtles will arrive in a straight line, easily hit by a kicked shell. This will apply the debuff to all three turtles and make them initially much easier to kill.

Vampiric Cave Bats will spawn at the ceiling and fly down to attack the raid. The second tank must pick up these bats quickly and position them in front of the boss so they can easily be hit by kicked shells. They should be hit with any shells the raid has to spare and AOE'd down. The bats may recover health over time due to Drain the Weak, so all dps must be focused on the adds or they will take much longer to kill than necessary.

The dps increase from the Whirl Turtles' Shell Concussion is vital to keeping the number of adds low and damage on the boss high. Overall, Tortos can be seen as one of the easier fights in the Throne of Thunder, since the raid mostly just has to master the positioning and use of the dead Whirl Turtles to win.


Item Type Description
Inv jewelry necklace 118 [Amulet of the Primal Turtle] (LFR · TF · H · H TF) Necklace Strength DPS
Inv bracer cloth raidmage m 01 [Azure Shell Bracers] (LFR · TF · H · H TF) Cloth bracers Caster
Inv bracer mail raidhunter m 01 [Beady-Eye Bracers] (LFR · TF · H · H TF) Mail bracers Agility
Inv cape pandaria d 04 [Beakbreaker Greatcloak] (LFR · TF · H · H TF) Cloak Tank
Inv glove cloth raidmage m 01 [Crystal-Claw Gloves] (LFR · TF · H · H TF) Cloth gloves Caster
Inv glove leather raidrogue m 01 [Grips of Vampiric Cruelty] (LFR · TF · H · H TF) Leather gloves Agility
Inv boot mail raidhunter m 01 [Quakestompers] (LFR · TF · H · H TF) Mail boots Agility
Inv belt plate raidpaladin m 01 [Refreshing Abalone Girdle] (LFR · TF · H · H TF) Plate belt Spirit
Inv robe leather raidmonk m 01 [Robes of Concussive Shocks] (LFR · TF · H · H TF) Leather chest Spirit
Inv chest leather raidmonk m 01 [Rockfall Ribwraps] (LFR · TF · H · H TF) Leather chest Agility
Inv bow 1h thunderisleraid d 01 [Shattered Tortoiseshell Longbow] (LFR · TF · H · H TF) Bow Agility
Inv bracer plate deathknight m 01 [Shell-Coated Wristplates] (LFR · TF · H · H TF) Plate bracers Tank
Inv axe 1h thunderisleraid d 02 [Shellsplitter Greataxe] (LFR · TF · H · H TF) One-hand axe Strength DPS
Inv cape pandaria d 03 [Shimmershell Cape] (LFR · TF · H · H TF) Cloak Caster
Inv shoulder plate deathknight m 01 [Shoulderguards of Centripetal Destruction] (LFR · TF · H · H TF) Plate shoulders DPS
Inv shoulder mail raidshaman m 01 [Spaulders of Quaking Fear] (LFR · TF · H · H TF) Mail shoulders Spirit
Inv cloth raidpriest m 01helm [Stonegaze Hood] (LFR · TF · H · H TF) Cloth helm Spirit
Inv shield thunderisleraid d 02 [Tortos' Discarded Shell] (LFR · TF · H · H TF) Shield Spirit
Inv glove plate raidpaladin m 01 [Tortos' Shellseizers] (LFR · TF · H · H TF) Plate gloves Spirit
Inv leather raiddruid m 01bracer [Vampire Bat-Hide Bracers] (LFR · TF · H · H TF) Leather bracers Spirit
Shared boss loot
Item Type Description
Inv shoulder mail raidshaman m 01 [Abandoned Spaulders of Arrowflight] (LFR · TF · H · H TF) Mail shoulders Agility
Inv shoulder mail raidshaman m 01 [Abandoned Spaulders of Renewal] (LFR · TF · H · H TF) Mail shoulders Caster
Inv polearm 2h mogu c 01 [Bo-Ris, Horror in the Night] (LFR · TF · H · H TF) Polearm Strength
Inv staff 2h zandalari c 01 [Darkwood Spiritstaff] (LFR · TF · H · H TF) Staff Agility
Inv sword 1h mogu c 01 [Do-tharak, the Swordbreaker] (LFR · TF · H · H TF) One-hand sword Strength
Inv shoulder leather raidmonk m 01 [Forgotten Mantle of the Moon] (LFR · TF · H · H TF) Leather shoulders Agility
Inv shoulder leather raidmonk m 01 [Forgotten Mantle of the Sun] (LFR · TF · H · H TF) Leather shoulders Caster
Inv knife 1h thunderisleraid d 03 [Fyn's Flickering Dagger] (LFR · TF · H · H TF) Dagger Agility
Inv sword 2h mogu c 01 [Greatsword of Frozen Hells] (LFR · TF · H · H TF) Two-hand sword Strength
Inv mace 2h thunderisleraid d 02 [Invocation of the Dawn] (LFR · TF · H · H TF) Two-hand mace Caster
Inv mace 1h zandalari c 01 [Jerthud, Graceful Hand of the Savior] (LFR · TF · H · H TF) One-hand mace Spirit
Inv shoulder cloth raidmage m 01 [Lost Shoulders of Fire] (LFR · TF · H · H TF) Cloth shoulders Caster DPS
Inv shoulder cloth raidwarlock m 01 [Lost Shoulders of Fluidity] (LFR · TF · H · H TF) Cloth shoulders Caster
Inv cloth raidpriest m 01shoulder [Lost Shoulders of Healing] (LFR · TF · H · H TF) Cloth shoulders Spirit
Inv bow 1h zandalari c 01 [Miracoran, the Vehement Chord] (LFR · TF · H · H TF) Bow Agility
Inv knife 1h pvppandarias2 c 02 [Nadagast's Exsanguinator] (LFR · TF · H · H TF) Dagger Caster DPS
Inv shoulder plate deathknight m 01 [Reconstructed Bloody Shoulderplates] (LFR · TF · H · H TF) Plate shoulders Tank
Inv shoulder plate raidwarrior m 01 [Reconstructed Furious Shoulderplates] (LFR · TF · H · H TF) Plate shoulders Strength
Inv shoulder plate raidpaladin m 01 [Reconstructed Holy Shoulderplates] (LFR · TF · H · H TF) Plate shoulders Caster
Inv hand 1h thunderisleraid d 03 [Tia-Tia, the Scything Star] (LFR · TF · H · H TF) Fist weapon Agility
Inv shield zandalari c 02 [Visage of the Doomed] (LFR · TF · H · H TF) Shield Tank
Inv mace 17 [Zeeg's Ancient Kegsmasher] (LFR · TF · H · H TF) One-hand mace Agility

Related Achievements[]



10m Heroic[]


25-man Normal[]

Patch changes[]

  • Mists of Pandaria Hotfix (2013-04-16): Fixed an issue where certain situations could cause Whirl Turtles to travel more slowly than intended when kicked.
  • Mists of Pandaria Hotfix (2013-04-10):
    • Whirl Turtles now have a reduced base movement speed in 10-player Normal difficulty.
    • Vampiric Cave Bats now deal less damage in 10-player Normal difficulty.
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.2.0 (2013-03-05): Added.


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